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Fall Colors Veranda Lounge by the Creek Private Canyon Anasazi Rock Art Adventure close by! Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view! Year round creek runs through the canyon Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer. The canyon is beautiful year round. View of the back porch in fall. Winter at Los Vados

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Moab house description

2013 note: We are booked through October with the exception of a few openings in August. Please see the calendar. We are accepting reservations for 2014.

Los Vados Canyon House is unique in the Moab area: an elegant, intimate creekside home in the desert; a remote place of solitude with many of the comforts of home. A place where you can - literally from the door - mountain bike, hike and explore petroglyphs. Or simply unwind by the pool.

Just 15 miles from the town of Moab, Utah, Los Vados Canyon House is next to a creek flowing year-round through a spectacular red rock canyon. Los Vados, 'the crossings,' refers to the three creek fords required to reach this end-of-the-road retreat.

Los Vados Canyon House is an intimate 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched red rock cliffs and mesas. Our seven acres sits at the end of a canyon that contains only one other home - a mile away. No road goes through the Los Vados property, though a small herd of cattle amble through twice a year on their way to and from grazing land. To reach Los Vados, you must pass through two locked ranch gates and cross Mill Creek, the only creek in the area running year-round. This (as well as the dirt road leading through the canyon) requires a 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle.

Designed by a San Francisco architect and designer and completed in 1998, Los Vados Canyon House is one of only two houses in Utah included in Weekend Houses (Chronicle Books, 2000), which features beautifully designed weekend homes throughout the U.S.

IMPORTANT TO READ PRIOR TO INQUIRY: Three night minimum even if calendar shows fewer days available. Check in is between 4 and 4:30 p.m.; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. No children under 10 years, and those over 10 must be able swimmers. A 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle is a must. No pets except service dogs. House accommodates 4 guests, tent cabin 2 additional guests. No smoking in the house. No discharging of firearms on property. No open fires. (House has two fireplaces and BBQ.) No off-roading in canyon. Home and canyon are off grid and do not have reliable cell service. Nearest reliable cell service is 10 minute drive. 7th night of stay is free; no other discounts. Canyon is full of critters. Please see our website's online calendar for

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Property Type

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Trained service animals allowed....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            10 years. Must be swimmers....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Not Suitable For Children

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Detached Unit


          • The master bedroom has one queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom and the tent cabin each have a pair of twin-sized beds that can be used as twins or made up as a king (i.e., pushed together with a foam 'bridge' between them, as you often find in hotels in Europe). ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Coffee Maker:

            Stove top espresso pot, percolator, and small espresso machine. Filters and holder for individual serving drip coffee....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            We keep on hand: coffee, sugar, flour, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining area off kitchen seats 4; outdoor dining table seats 6....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Dishes, barware, cooking pots and pans. ...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Oven
          • Toaster
          • Cooking Utensils


          • Air Conditioning:

            Swamp cooler. We turn it on approximately mid-June. It is not an air conditioner and does not deliver hotel-type cold air. ...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            The house is off the grid and uses solar power, so energy conservation is often required. ...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            The house is off the grid and on a well. Not all water sources can be running at once....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace
          • Parking Off Street
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Heating

          Other Amenities

              • To city folk: Our home is off the grid. There are certain outdoor skills needed for a comfortable and safe stay. For example, you need to be able to drive on a dirt road, through creeks, and be able to find your way without signs and GPS. (The caretaker will show you into the property when you first arrive.) You need to know about not crossing high water in a car. You need to know about what to do if you encounter an animal. Although you will generally enjoy solitude, a maintenance or service person may have to make a call during your stay or a rancher or hiker may come through. We will try to notify you in advance of workers, but there is no reliable cell/email service in the canyon. You may have to conserve energy and understand instructions for a pellet stove, swamp cooler, and resetting the generator if needed. Rarely there is a flash flood and you have to wait it out inside or (this has happened once in 10 years), wait it out on higher ground....moreless


              • VCR
              • DVD Player
              • Video Library
              • CD Player
              • Books
              • Games
              • Stereo
              • Music Library


              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone service is spotty in the canyon but good about 10 minutes away. Verizon phones sometimes receive and send messages from the kitchen counter but don't count on it....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Spotty service at random places in canyon. Reliable service 10 minutes away at a cattle grate. Free internet is available in town, a 15-20 minute drive....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Some Verizon phones pick up service at the gate, a 5 minute walk away, and sometimes receive texts in the kitchen....moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Unfenced, unheated. Children under 10 years old are not permitted and all guests must be able to swim. We open the pool in May depending on weather. We cannot guarantee the date it will be open....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    One of only two homes (the other a mile away) in a private red rock desert canyon with a creek running through it. A 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is required to get to and from the home....moreless


                      • Necessary


                      • Cycling
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Kayaking
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Laundromat
                      • Hospital
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Swimming
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Fishing
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Hiking
                      • Rafting
                      • Museums
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Playground
                      • Churches
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Library
                      • Cinemas
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Shopping
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing

                      Other Activities

                          • It's just a short drive to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as State Parks and the National Forest....moreless


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                          • Best vacation home EVER

                            Best vacation home EVER

                            • Guest uomoconlavaligia (New York, NY, USA)
                            • Date of stay 08/12/09
                            • Review Submitted 09/18/10
                            We stayed at Los Vados in summer 2009, so this review is long overdue. Everything, from the beginning of our stay to the very last day was wonderful. we did not want to leave. we loved the furniture, and spent hours doing almost nothing, reading books, enjoying the pool, hearing the water stream in the background, exploring the canyon and hunting for petrogliphs. Los Vados truly feels like home. it is tastefully designed and furnished and the kitchen is perfectly equipped. the outside porch and fireplace are great. being out of the grid was an awesome feeling. we recommend it to everyone in search of a break from every day life. getting to the house is part of the fun- a river need to be crossed three times and two gates need to be passed-it is like a ritual to enter in your own private world. the photos do not do justice to the magic and beauty of the place. we'll definitely go back.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                          • OUT of the way !!!

                            OUT of the way !!!

                            • Guest VA, Traveler (Christiansburg Va.)
                            • Date of stay 09/20/09
                            • Review Submitted 05/09/10
                            My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at BOTH of the only two homes in this canyon Sept, 09 We stayed at the other property first. { The Wilderness House } The view from that home CANNOT be beat. That being said, EVERYTHING about this home was better. I say " Home " and not " Property " because that is how you feel when you walk into the house. Where the other house was very sparton and cold. This house was warm and inviting. The decor, the amenities, were top notch. Dave and Susan answered all my questions promptly. Gayle the caretaker was the best. This is NOT the rental you want if your the kind of person that wants to, on a whim, run out and get a pizza or a DVD. It is OFF the grid. No cell service. No phone at all. You WILL need 4WD to get there. Now don't let me scare you. It has, hot water, electricity, fridge, stove, etc. This home is the perfect home base for people who are planing to see Arches, raft the Colorado, want to see Dead Horse or Canyonlands, Jeep, or moutain bike. But don't want to stay in a motel or a Condo rental. People who don't mind a little adventure just getting home. Trust me. It will be worth it. Last of all, it was nearly half the price of the Wilderness House. P.S. The outdoor dinning, den, sundeck, fire place, read a book while I fall asleep area, will knock your socks off. { and your shoes }

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 8/8

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                          Base Rate
                          3 night min stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Additional Fees and Taxes:

                          Government taxes we are required to charge are approximately 10% on the nightly rental amount.


                          On a week rental, the last night is free, which brings the nightly rate down from $295 per night to $252.80.

                          $250 credit card deposit is required to hold the reservation. It is returned at the end of the month of your check out if the house and grounds are left in good condition. The nightly rate is due 60 days before arrival. See website for cancellation policy.

                          This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2004

                          About the owner: Susan grew up in Utah, Dave in Arizona. We love the desert and its solitude and also having a lot of outdoor activities to do ... or not to do!

                          Why the Owner Chose Moab:
                          We fell in love with this house and canyon because of its spectacular setting: in a red-rock canyon, on a creek lined with cottonwood trees. It is quiet and tranquil, yet just minutes away from Moab, with its restaurants and shops, and close to Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Tranquility: a place to relax, read and enjoy the stars, red-rock and petroglyphs, or to mountain bike, jeep and explore. (Biking and jeep trails are close by, outside this private canyon, which contains only one other house besides ours, a mile away.)

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                          • Fall Colors

                            Fall Colors

                          • Lounge by the Creek

                            Lounge by the Creek

                          • Anasazi Rock Art

                            Anasazi Rock Art

                          • Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

                            Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

                          • Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

                            Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

                          • The canyon is beautiful year round.

                            The canyon is beautiful year round.

                          • Winter at Los Vados

                            Winter at Los Vados

                          • Veranda


                          • Private Canyon

                            Private Canyon

                          • Adventure close by!

                            Adventure close by!

                          • Year round creek runs through the canyon

                            Year round creek runs through the canyon

                          • The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

                            The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

                          • View of the back porch in fall.

                            View of the back porch in fall.

                          VRBO #177326

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                          This listing was first published here in 2008.

                          Date last modified - Saturday, April 05, 2014

                          $295 per night (USD)

                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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                          Minimum stay: 3 nights
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